Linked by David Adams on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 16:05 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux As we mentioned in a previous article, Red Hat advocate Greg DeKoenigsberg claimed that due to the much larger amount of code it's contributed, Red Hat is a better open source citizen than Canonical, adding, "Canonical is a marketing organization masquerading as an engineering organization." A Computerworld blog retorts that that's no insult; and that marketing Linux could be just as important to the cause as contributing code. Updated
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Finalzone
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2005-07-06

I'm both a corporate sysadmin, and a home user of linux. At work we're using CentOS and at home I use ubuntu. Frankly, Red Hat RPM based package management sucks. It always has and it always will. RPM is Redhat's greatest weakness and half the reason Debian survives as a distro.. if Redhat switched over to apt-get and .deb packages it would probably deal a large blow to ubuntu's market share.


You did not clearly explain why RPM Package Manager (the actual acronym name) sucks. Speaking as one of Fedora packagers, it appears your assertion is based on the use on apt-get, used to be proclaimed as ├╝ber. As sysadmin, you should know about DPKG, Debian lower-level package manager equivalent to RPM.

RPM is actually a strength for Red Hat. Writing a spec file to build source RPM is not hard with some assistance. RPM was not been maintained but with Mandriva and OpenSuse gathering altogether with Red Hat, it is getting better. Remember, RPM is LSB standard which why Debian folks have made alien for converting it to DEB and vice versa.

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